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Irving Carson, Chicago Tribune war correspondent, is killed on the first day of the Battle of Shiloh

Confederate Advance, Pittsburg Landing, or Shiloh, April 6, 1862, artist's impression, detail
Irving Carson, war correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, was decapitated by cannon fire on the first day of the Battle of Shiloh, just a few feet from Union commander, Ulysses Grant.  Carson was one of only two known war correspondents killed as a result of enemy action during the American Civil War.  The other was L. Walter Buckingham of the New York Herald who died in Virginia, June 23, 1863 (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
David S. Heidler, Jeanne T. Heidler, David J. Coles (eds.), Encyclopedia of the American Civil War: A Political Social and Military History (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2000), 426.